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Have any of you established a formal internship program where undergraduates intern for a semester within your IT organization to learn about and prepare for IT careers in higher education? Please share any information you have about existing programs or let me know if this is something you might consider for your students or in partnership with other institutions. Thanks, Susan 

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Susan E. Metros
Associate Vice Provost and Associate CIO for Technology-Enhanced Learning
Professor of Visual Design, The Roski School of Fine Arts
Faculty Appointments in the Rossier School of Education and the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

University of Southern California
3434 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 330 R
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2812

smetros@usc.edu
213.821.8084






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Message from psb010@bucknell.edu

Susan,

Bucknell has a Executive Intern program (http://www.bucknell.edu/x49751.xml).  It is a competitive process, and students have to go through a number of rounds of interviews to be accepted in the program.  I'm on the second intern, and it is a great learning opportunity for them.  My first intern, who graduated this past year was a International Relations and Spanish major, but landed an excellent position with CISCO.  

Cheers,

Param


Param Bedi

Vice President

Library and Information Technology

Bucknell University

(o) 570-577-1557

http://www.bucknell.edu



Hi, Susan.

At DePauw University, we have the Information Technology Associates Program (ITAP).

ITAP provides DePauw students an  opportunity to hold on-campus internships centering on technology and leadership for four years in a liberal arts setting to prepare them for success after graduation.

Full details are at http://www.depauw.edu/it/itap, but some here are some key points about our program:

ITAP is a highly selective internship program providing a singular experience that blends a traditional liberal arts education with experiential learning in an academic environment. In addition to technological skills, Internships enable the building of skills that are part of a liberal arts education, such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and communication skills. 

After a first year of training, students apply for internships that interest them in academic or administrative departments across campus.
Since training is provided, beginning interns do not have to start the program knowing everything about technology nor plan to be a computer science major.

ITAP is for students with any major or career interest. Interns can customize the ITAP experience to complement their academic and professional goals. ITAP graduates leave DePauw prepared for success  with technological fluency within their chosen fields.

If you have any questions or would like to have a followup questions, I'll be happy to talk with you more about the program.

Best,
Carol.

On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, Metros Susan wrote:
Have any of you established a formal internship program where undergraduates intern for a semester within your IT organization to learn about and prepare for IT careers in higher education? Please share any information you have about existing programs or let me know if this is something you might consider for your students or in partnership with other institutions. Thanks, Susan 

_______________________________
Susan E. Metros
Associate Vice Provost and Associate CIO for Technology-Enhanced Learning
Professor of Visual Design, The Roski School of Fine Arts
Faculty Appointments in the Rossier School of Education and the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

University of Southern California
3434 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 330 R
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2812

smetros@usc.edu
213.821.8084






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DePauw University

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Susan – We strongly believe in the mutual positive benefits of internships - as mechanisms of develop long-term pool of talent, as supervisory opportunities for our staff, and to make cost effective progress on IT projects.  As your note hints, certainly hurdle #1 is having students understand that there are substantial IT opportunities in Higher Education.  Developing career center relationships with regional schools (we formally manage relationships with 5 schools) and a track record of “happy interns” to spread the word creates traction over time.

 

Most notably, we are in our 6th year of a cohort-based IT internship that has now provided opportunities to more than 80 students since inception.  This program aligns students to specific projects with clear individual goals and is detailed in the attached pdf.  The cohort helps to support broader learning objectives and creates peer working relationships for the students.  Cost effective work completion and conversion to long-term employment have been very high.

 

In addition, the University supports an at-risk high school work/study program through Hillside Work Scholarship Program (http://www.hillside.com/hwsc.aspx).  As an institution we host nearly 100 high school students a year through this program in various capacities in dining services, facilities, etc..  We began hosting a handful of students in Information Technology on a part time basis this year with good success and expect to continue this program.

 

There are also a handful of smaller programs we have supported over the years.  For example a local CIO interest group rotational internship, as well as several less structured individual student opportunities throughout various schools and units.

 

Let me know if you have any additional questions or wish to have a broader discussion.

 

 

John P. Barden

Associate Chief Information Officer

University of Rochester

john.barden@rochester.edu

Office: 585 275-5458

Mobile: 585 317-3398

 

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